A restored schoolhouse in Newberg, Oregon served as the inspiration for this shoot styled by J29 Events and photographed by Gabriela Ines, and we’re completely obsessed. You’ll find romance and drama in the vibrant colors of crimson and cobalt (getting us in the right mood for our weekend festivities!), blooms from Ponderosa and Thyme, and a to-die-for canopy of peacock feathers! There’s much more to see in the full gallery right here!
From Gabriela Ines Photography… The inspiration for this shoot came from the venue itself. The Old Schoolhouse is a gorgeous and unique new venue in the Portland, OR area. I was inspired by its dramatic and enchanting look and wanted to style a shoot that showcased the venue’s original features. Nicole from J29 events ran with the idea of jewel tones and created a beautiful scene that included a tablescape full of color and lush foliage from Ponderosa and Thyme. The dramatic and elegant look of this shoot highlighted the authenticity of this repurposed Oregon venue.
When it comes to a themed wedding, you’re either IN or your OUT. And this couple – photographed to utter perfection by Yasmin Khajavi Photography – is so in that it makes me a little teary eyed. The elegance, the execution, the details…all so entirely lovely, both on theme and in a totally timeless way. While we’ve pulled some of our favorite images here, take some time to enjoy the gallery where 20’s glam reigns Queen.
From Yasmin Khajavi Photography… Kelly and Tony married at LeftBank Annex, a perfect urban venue with large windows, brick, and industrial style. They transformed it into their awesome 20’s style, with old black and white movies playing on the big screen, with cafe lights strung all around. The table signs, guest seating arrangements, drink signs had the perfect font that matched their theme! Their guest sign in book had a polaroid camera for their guests to snap a photo of themselves and sign next to their photo. And also a cute sign that said “Don a Headband and Join Us for a Night of 1920’s Glamour.” Throughout the evening, guests wore the 20’s style sequined headbands, it was adorable! So many guests also dressed to the theme and wore sequins. Kelly’s cake table had a beautiful sequined tablecloth that also tied in perfectly. Kelly’s diamond headpiece was stunning and looked so good on her! It paired perfectly with their faux-fur shawls that both Kelly and her bridesmaids wore. Kelly and Tony got ready at a hotel downtown, the Sentinel, then the whole bridal party along with Kelly and Tony took the street car through the city to their wedding venue! Kelly had beautiful blush umbrellas as back up plan in case of the northwest rain. They had a personalized marquee displayed with their new last name “Forsyth.” Soft candlelights, cafe lights along with the flower displays tied in perfectly! Their caterer bbq’ed their meal right on-site! They took advantage of the flat screen’s that lined the stairs and had “Welcome to the Wedding of Anthony & Kelly” display.
From the Bride… It was really important to me that our wedding be a reflection of both Tony and I. This was not just my wedding, it was OUR wedding, Tony is a film producer and I have a very vintage esthetic so a 1920s Hollywood theme was the perfect fit for our big day! A day that could not have gone any better. It was a beautiful, calm March day, and we were surrounded by so much love. I felt like the most beautiful woman in the world and I married the man of my dreams and had a blast doing it!
What I love about this shoot isn’t quite as obvious as lovely pictures. And lovely they are, it’s really all about the colors. The textures. The feeling of happy, that seems to fill every last photograph. From the wispy gowns to the floral crowns, every last detail – designed by Lavena B. Vintage with photographs by Andie Reavely – is boho chic entirely steal-worthy. More here!
From Andie Reavely… Wanderers, adventurers and vagabond: a community of like-minded folk. The idea of the bohemian is undeniably captivating. With this inspired shoot, we wanted to exhibit the whimsical diversity, yet like-mindedness of a bohemian company.
Everything, from the pom-poms, flower crowns, mismatched glassware and recycled bottles made us want to take our shoes off and breath a little bit deeper and laugh a little more freely.
This troupe of artists and creators was a dream to work with— coincidentally embodying the very concept of this shoot inspiration.
Celebrating love with beautiful photographs beyond a wedding is a must in my book, and I’ll definitely be taking a cue from this sweet duo who marked their two year anniversary with the help of their friend, Faith Teasley. They chose Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic cinder cone, as the backdrop and the results are breathtaking. Soak it all in here in the gallery.
From Faith Teasley Photography… Cassandra, who just so happens to be my best friend, adores all things European inspired. When we discovered Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte in Portland, we knew we had found something special. It’s unique castle like structure and breathtaking views provided a perfect slice of Europe in the Pacific Northwest! Cassandra and Josh are high school sweethearts and have the sweetest story. To celebrate their two-year wedding anniversary, we spent some time documenting their love through fine art film photographs.
There are very few times when I use the acronym ‘OMG,’ but after seeing this stunning wedding with the most stunning waterfall backdrop, I couldn’t resist one big ‘OMG.’ This gorgeous elopement is so intimate and special captured with ease by Her and Everything. You won’t want to miss a second of this elopement here.
From The Bride… Our wedding day was beautiful, romantic and meaningful because we did exactly what we dreamed of without thinking what it would mean to anyone but each other. Oregon has been in my heart since I was a small girl in the 5th grade. A research paper on Crater Lake and Portland, OR and my heart was completely taken. I grew up in Texas and though I traveled often there was something mysterious and beckoning about the northwest. After finally visiting, I knew it was magic. The waterfalls especially awakened my soul in a new way so I always dreamed of getting engaged or married beside one. Matthew proposed at Crater Lake in Oregon (which was amazingly gorgeous) in September of 2014 and we chose to get married as soon as possible. Different ideas swirled around but the only one that really stayed true to who we were was a private February Portland waterfall elopement.
We live in Oklahoma and searched out the perfect wedding location via google images and videos posted online from elopement sites around Portland. I stumbled upon Wahclella Falls and knew at once this was where I wanted to promise my life to Matthew.
We wanted the ceremony to be private, laid back and as carefree as possible which was easy with such a wonderful group of people. It made the day even more perfect that the above are some of our dearest friends. Plus, they didn’t mind hiking a mile in to the wedding spot with all the camera gear and a drone!
I had never seen the waterfall except from online photos until the day before the ceremony. It exceeded all of my wildest dreams and expectations and upon seeing it, Abby and I danced around and laughed like giddy schoolgirls. When the rest of the group hiked in we were all taken away with the beauty of the location. It is other worldly and confirming even more how perfect this location was. One of my childhood dreams was becoming a reality in less than 24 hours.
The next day, I got ready with a group of girl friends. My hair and makeup were done by the amazing Kassandra Sommerville, a Portland makeup artist and hair stylist. My dress was from BHLDN. The bouquet, flower crown and boutonniere were made by my talented friend Bailey from Forest and Field Creative. She foraged for local greenery and stopped along the Portland roads to pick flowers and branches from the side of the road. The only guidance I gave her was to make it wild…and she did. My belt was an Etsy find because all other rhinestone belts were way too pricey. We had Pips donuts and lavender chai lattes while listening to records. The day was full of peace, sunshine, laughter and joy. We took our time and snapped plenty of photos while eating the most amazing treats. Finally it was time to meet the boys at the beginning of the waterfall trail for the first look and all I could remember thinking was how badly I wanted to see my Matthew because I had missed him all day. I piled into the car with Abby and Lauren and we drove the quick 45 minute drive out of the city into the Columbia River Gorge to the Wahclella Falls trailhead.
That first look was everything I had always imagined it would be. Matthew had never looked more handsome! He was standing there with his back towards me and once I reached him and we made eye contact neither one of us could stop smiling. I was just so happy to be close to him again. If there are soul mates then he is definitely mine. We took a few photos then gathered our troop and hiked the one mile trail together on a 60 degree sunny day in Oregon. Seeing people’s reactions was probably one of the funnest parts of the day. So many high fives, well wishes, photos taken, claps and congratulations were given. People smiled as our train of people approached laughing and just so happy to be alive.
We made it to the spot we had planned to for the ceremony and all took position. Jordan guarded the spot perfectly and didn’t allow any unaware hikers to disturb the moment. The ceremony itself was about 15 minutes long with personally written vows, communion, prayer and the exchange of rings. The only part of the ceremony I wished differently was that the wedding band I picked out was to arrive a week after our wedding. We ordered it too late and there was no way the company could get it there in time. I was upset but Matthew ordered me a silver band to wear at the ceremony which would be switched after the other came in the mail. I was so sad inside that the ring I would say my vows with wouldn’t be my actual wedding band but I suppose not everything can be perfect. As we got ready to exchange rings, Matthew pulled my band out of his pocket and it was the exact one I had hoped for! It arrived early and my sweet man kept it a secret from all of us until that moment. I was just so happy in that moment! Speaking of rings, my engagement ring belonged to his great grandmother and is close to 105 years old. So amazing.
We finished the ceremony, let the other hikers join us on the trail then climbed rocks, walked across bridges, hiked into the falls and so many other things to make sure the photos were perfect. So many times I would slip off a rock and Matt would hold me up or push me to a place I could get my footing. Luckily, I was wearing wool socks and hiking boots the entire time. Best decision of the wedding, besides marrying Matthew.
We took hundreds of photos and cuddled and kissed and danced all through the trail. It really was one of the most magical days of my entire life. And it was something I had dreamed of since being a small girl. I am so lucky to have found a man who is just as adventure driven as myself. He truly is my courage and my joy. It’s an honor to be Matthew’s wife. After the photos were completed, we drove back to Portland for a small reception with local friends. It was all entirely sweet and personal and exactly what we wanted. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.